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CorelDRAW Tools

Pick tool - Select, position, or transform objects.


Freehand Pick tool - Select objects by using a freehand selection
marquee. Position and transform objects.
Shape tool (F10) - Edit a curve object or text character by
manipulating nodes.
Smudge Brush tool - Change the shape of an object by dragging
along its outline.
Roughen Brush tool - Distort the edge of an object by dragging along
its outline.
Free Transform tool - Rotate, skew, mirror, and scale objects.
Smear tool - Change the edge of an object by dragging along its
outline.
Twirl tool - Add swirl effects by dragging along the outline of an
object.
Attract tool - Reshape objects by attracting nodes to the cursor.
Repel tool - Reshape objects by pushing nodes away from the cursor.
Smooth tool - Smooth object by dragging along its outline.
Crop tool - Remove the areas outside a selection.

Knife tool - Slice an object to split it into two separate objects.

Eraser tool (X) - Remove unwanted areas in a drawing.


Virtual Segment Delete tool - Remove overlapping segments in
objects.
Zoom tool (Z) - Change the magnification level of the document
window.
Pan tool (H) - Drag hidden areas of a drawing into view without
changing the zoom level.
Freehand tool (F5) - Draw curves and straight line segments.
2-Point Line tool - Draw a straight line by drawing from the starting
point to the endpoint.
Bezier tool - Draw curves one segment at a time.
Artistic Media tool (I) - Add artistic brush, spray, and calligraphic
effects by using freehand strokes.
Pen tool - Draw curves in segments, and preview each segment as you
draw.
B-Spline tool - Draw curved lines by setting control points that shape
the curve without breaking it into segments.
Polyline tool - Draw connected curves and straight lines in one
continuous action.
3-Point Curve tool - Draw a curve by dragging from the starting point
to the endpoint and then positioning the center point.
Smart Fill tool - Create objects from overlapping areas, and apply a
fill to those objects.
Smart Drawing tool (Shift+S) - Convert freehand strokes to basic
shapes or smoothed curves.
Rectangle tool (F6) - Draw squares and rectangles by dragging in the
drawing window.
3-Point Rectangle tool - Draw rectangles at an angle.
Elipse tool (F7) - Draw circles and elipses by dragging in the drawing
window.
3-Point Elipse tool - Draws elipses at an angle.

Polygon tool (Y) - Draw polygons by draggig in the drawing window.

Star tool - Draw uniform, outlined stars.


Complex Star tool - Draw stars that have intersecting sides.
Graph Paper tool (D) - Draw a grid.
Spiral tool (A) - Draw symmetrical and logarithmic spirals.
Basic Shapes tool - Draw triangles, circles, cylinders, hearts and other
shapes.
Arrow Shapes tool - Draw arrows of various shapes and directions.
Flowchart Shapes tool - Draw flowchart symbols.
Banner Shapes tool - Draw ribbon objects and explosion shapes.
Callout Shapes tool - Draw labels and speech bubbles.
Text tool (F8) - Add and edit paragraph and artistic text.
Table tool - Draw, select, and edit tables.
Parallel Dimension tool - Draw slanted dimension lines.
Horizontal or Vertical Dimension tool - Draw horizontal or vertical
dimension lines.
Angular Dimension tool - Draw angular dimension lines.
Segment Dimension tool - Display the distance between end nodes on
single or multiple segments.
3-Point Callout tool - Draw a callout with a two-segment leadingline.
Straight-Line Connector tool - Draw a straight line to connect two
objects.
Right-Angle Connector tool - Draw a right angle to connect two
objects.
Right-Angle Round Connector tool - Draw a right angle with a
rounded corner to connect two objects.
Edit Anchor tool - Modify the connector line anchor points of objects.
Blend tool - Blend objects by creating a progression of intermediate
objects and colors.
Contour tool - Apply a series of concentric shapes that radiate into or
out of an object.
Distort tool -Transform objets by applying Push and Pull, Zipper, or
Twister effects.
Drop Shadow tool - Apply shadows behind or below objects.
Envelope tool - Change the shape of an object by applying and
dragging the nodes of an envelope.
Extrude tool - Apply 3D efect to objects to create the illusion of
depth.
Transparency tool - Partially reveal image areas underneath the
object.
Color Eyedropper tool - Sample colors, and apply them to objects.
Outline Pen (F12) - Set outline properties sucj as line thickness,
corner shape, and arrow type.
Outline Color (Shift+F12) - Choose the outline color by using color
viewers and color palettes.
Uniform Fill (Shift+F11) - Choose a solid fill color for an object by
using color palettes, color viewers, color harmonies, or color blends.
Fountain Fill (F11) - Fill an object with a gradient of colors or shades.
Pattern Fill - Apply a preset pattern fill to an object or create a custom
pattern fill.
Texture Fill - Apply preset texture fills to objects to create the illusion
of a variety of textures, such as water, clouds and stone.
PostScript Fill - Apply an intricate PostScript texture fill to an object.
Interactive Fill tool (G) - Create a fill dynamically by using markers
in the drawing window and property bar to change the angle, midpoint,
and color.
Mesh Fill tool (M) - Fill an object by blending multiple colors or
shades arranged over a mesh grid.
The A to Z of CorelDRAW
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CorelDRAW Graphics Suite's toolbox and dockers are jam-packed with useful
tools, options, and settings that may be new to you or as familiar as the back of
your hand. This A to Z list breaks down most of the program's tools, dockers, and
functions with links to relevant tutorials showing you what fantastic things
CorelDRAW can do. You can check out CorelDRAW X7 for a free 30 day trial to
get you started with the program.
A

Align and Distribute: This docker allows you to organize, align, and evenly
distribute two or more selected objects along a defined line within a document.
Align or distribute objects by their edges, centers, or a mix of the two.
Additionally, there are options to align objects according to specific criteria.

Angular Dimension Tool: A tool that allows you to draw angular dimension lines
with three points of execution. Such markers inform you of the dimensions of
objects within your document by giving accurate measurements between them.

Arrow Shapes: A variety of perfect arrow shapes ready for use within your
document and easily modified with the Shape and Pick tools and assorted dockers.
Artistic Media: This docker is your central hub for all things Artistic Media tool
related. Organize, create, and play with the variety of tool types courtesy of
the Artistic Media tool. You can make custom brushes and sprayers within it too.

Artistic Media Tool: This tool mimics the look of a variety of brushes and brush
types. Create paintbrushes, vector brushes, sprayer brushes, and more. Use in
conjunction with the Artistic Mediadocker for greater control and organization.

Attract Tool: One of the Shape Edit tools, the Attract tool manipulates the edges
of the object by pulling nodes to the center of the cursor so long as they're within
the tool's nib diameter.

Attributes Eyedropper: This tool samples not only the color, but other attributes
(fill, outline, and more) of an object, allowing you to transfer these properties onto
other objects within your document.
B

B-Spline: This curve tool allows you to draw lines and curves by setting the
boundaries around the curve itself rather than the nodes.

Banner Shapes: An assortment of Perfect Banner Shapes ready for use within a
document, with special nodes that manipulate various parts of each banner object.

Basic Shapes: The basic set of perfect shapes containing a variety of geometric
shapes ready for manipulation with the Pick and Shape tools, as well as special
nodes that change a variety of features unique to each object.

Bevel: This docker allows you to fully control the Bevel effect on a selected text
object. Chose the style, offset, shadow color, and various lighting controls for a
quick and easy effect.
Bezier Tool: This curve tool allows you to draw one segment of a curve or line at
a time. Similar to the Pen tool, users place the nodes of a line or curve manually.
This tool, however, does not allow users to preview curves before placing them,
unlike some of the other curve tools.

Blend: This docker offers additional control to the user when creating blends with
the Blend tool. Control the number of steps, acceleration, and style of color blend.

Blend Tool: This tool is an interactive one that creates a progression of objects
shape, size, and colors between the two objects selected with the tool. Users can
control the angle and acceleration of the blend, as well as how many steps will be
created from point A to point B.

C
Callout Shapes: This is an assortment of Perfect Shapes ready for use within a
document as preset objects that can be modified with the Shape and Pick tools, as
well as their individual special nodes that change specific components of
each Perfect Shape.

Color Docker: This docker allows you to choose fill and outline colors from a
color picker, color sliders, and color palettes. Found with dockers and in
the Toolbox.

Color Eyedropper: This tool samples an object's color and allows you to apply it
to another.

Color Styles: Use this docker to create and save color styles as well as create and
save color harmonies, helping you define your document's color palette.

Complex Star Tool: This shape tool creates a star from a series of triangles. Users
can define both points and sharpness of the shapes created with this tool by way of
the Property Bar.

Connect: A content browser within CorelDRAW that syncs the user's machine,
local network, and internet, so long as the files are readable by those in
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 applications.

Contour: This docker gives you greater control over the Contour effect, defining
the contour's steps and offset, color blend, and additional options.

Contour Tool: This interactive tool allows you to create a series of concentric
shapes within or around a selected object according to the settings defined either in
the Contour docker or the Property Bar.

Crop Tool: This tool allows you to select an area of the working document and
instantly delete everything outside that selection, effectively cutting it out of the
document.
D

Distort Tool: This tool transforms objects by giving you the option to apply
effects such as push and pull, zipper, or twister distortions through settings found
in the Property Bar.

Docker: The variety of windows and palettes that organize, modify, and aid
designs within a user's document. You'll find they contain additional options for
nearly every tool and function and are a critical part of workflow.

Document Palette: This color palette contains all of the colors used throughout a
document's history. It collects both fill and outline colors in a convenient docker
that you can place anywhere within the application window.

Drop Shadow Tool: This interactive tool allows you to create, place, modify, and
copy a drop shadow effect on objects within your documents. Define settings
manually or drag the shadow out from the object itself with the tool to create drop
shadows quickly and easily. You can save and load preset drop shadows as well,
speeding up your productivity within the program.

Edit Anchor Tool: This tool allows you to modify nodes within an object or line.

Ellipse Tool (F7): This tool creates ellipses and circles within a document. It also
gives you the ability to create closed shapes, pie shapes, and arc shapes as well in
the Property Bar.

Envelope (Control F7): This docker gives you additional control when applying
the Envelope effect to an object within a working document.
Envelope Tool: This tool allows you to change the shape of an object by
manipulating nodes surrounding the object in an envelope or bounding box instead
of the object's nodes themselves.

Eraser Tool (X): This tool allows you to delete (erase) components of selected
objects within a document.

Extrude: This docker gives you additional control when using the Extrude tool or
applying an Extrude effect.

Extrude Tool: This tool allows you to convert a flat object into a 3D object with a
number of options found within either the Property Bar or the Extrude docker.

F
Fillet/Scallop/Chamfer: This docker controls the corner options to create
rounded, scalloped, or straight-edged corners in both objects and curves.

Flowchart Shapes: These perfect shapes are fantastic for use within flowcharts
and, as objects, have special nodes that you can manipulate with the Shape tool in
order to edit the shape in a unique way.

Font Playground: This docker allows users to preview sample text by comparing
font and size choices before settling on a font to be used within a document.

Free Transform: This tool allows you to rotate, skew, scale, and reflect objects by
choosing the method of manipulation in the Property Bar.

Freehand Pick: This tool lets you select an area around or near objects in order to
select multiple things within your document at once, so long as they fall within the
selection shape you draw.

Freehand Tool (F5): This curve tool allows you to draw lines, curves, and shapes
freely without thinking about where to place nodes or the angles of curves. You
can draw segments of lines and objects, connect to open nodes, and close objects
quickly and easily with this tool as well.
G

Graph Paper Tool (D): This tool creates grids of complete and closed shapes
according to the settings implemented in the Property Bar.

Guidelines: This docker controls the application and look of guidelines placed
within a document. Users can create, edit, or delete any guidelines found within
their document by way of this docker.
H

Horizontal or Vertical Dimension Tool: This tool draws either vertical or


horizontal lines, allowing users to measure spaces within their document.
I

Interactive Fill Tool (G): This tool allows full control over fill attributes,
especially fountain fills, giving users the ability to define a fill's angle and
placement dynamically versus defining it based on numerical inputs. Additional
options are controllable through the Property Bar and Object Properties docker.

Insert Character: This docker allows you to look through and add glyphs within a
text object. You can run through all of the glyphs within an installed font as well as
replace characters within text with something new or more fitting from your font.
J

Join Curves: This docker allows you to select and join the open nodes of curves,
effectively creating closed objects within your document through its automated
process so long as open curves are within the defined Gap tolerance.
K

Knife Tool: This tool allows you to split an object into two separate objects.
Additional options for the tool are found in the Property Bar while the tool is in
use.

Knife Tool (Premium): This tool is found within the toolbox if you are a
Premium subscriber. It furthers the options of the Knife tool by allowing you to
split objects directly, with a gap, or an overlap.
L

Lens (Alt-F3): This docker applies a variety of effects to objects overlapping each
other within a document, including Brighten, Fish Eye, Heat Map, Magnify, and
more. The view within the overlapping object can also be frozen so that the object
can be moved whilst retaining the effect within.
M

Mesh Fill Tool (M): This tool allows users to convert an object into a rendered
mesh object by placing nodes and cross sections of nodes whereupon blended
colors will be applied to a mesh grid.
N

Nodes: These are the points that make up lines and objects within a document.
Every object has them, especially those which have been converted to curves, and
many tools and dockers aid in manipulating them in some way. The more nodes a
document has, the larger the file size. The fewer node objects within a document,
the smaller a file will ultimately be. The Shape tool is used to manipulate the
nodes.
O

Object Coordinates: This docker allows users to create and place a variety of
objects according to the dimensions defined within the docker itself. When users
set the options to 0 copies, the docker manipulates the selected object. When 1 or
more copies are defined, the docker creates a succession of objects according to
their defined settings.

Object Manager: This docker organizes all objects and curves within a document
into Layers and Pages, giving you full control over everything within your
working document.

Object Properties: This docker allows you to control object attributes such
as Outline, Fill, and Transparency, and their unique options.

Object Styles: This docker controls all of the styles and style sets you can apply to
an object. Set up assorted styles and attributes, including paragraph options, fill
options, outline options and more. Save and load style sets from document to
document, or edit and delete styles to alter a working document, all within the
comfort of the docker.

Outline Color Tool: This tool allows you to add or edit an outline color of an
object through models, mixers, or palettes.

Outline Pen Tool: This tool allows you to add or edit an outline's weight, style,
corner options, and more, all from the comfort of the Toolbox.

Pan Tool (H): This hand-shaped tool allows you to grab and pan across and
around a working document. It's especially helpful when working on elements off
the page or when moving around a document without zooming out to see more of
it.
Parallel Dimension Tool: This dimension tool draws slanted dimension lines,
allowing you to measure various areas within your document.

Pattern Fill: This feature allows you to create and edit custom patterns, or patterns
downloaded through Corel Connect, that can be used as fills in closed objects
within a working document.

Pen Tool: This curve tool allows you to place nodes to draw straight lines and
curves. Unlike the Bezier tool, it lets you preview curves and lines as they're being
placed and drawn, giving you greater control when creating lines and objects.

Pick Tool: This tool lets you select, move, and transform objects within your
document so long as they're on the working page and unlocked.

Polygon Tool (Y): This tool creates an assortment of polygonal shapes thanks to
the ability to define the number of sides in the Property Bar.

Polyline Tool: This drawing tool allows you to draw curves, arcs, and straight
lines in one connected go, only ending once an object has been closed.

PowerClip: This powerful action clips a group to the boundaries of an overlapping


object, masking off components of the group outside the overlapping object's
boundaries. Users can create PowerClips, edit them, add components, and delete
components within the Object Manager docker, as well as within the document
itself.

Property Bar: This all-important docker gives users additional options and points
of control for every tool. It's not only a useful docker but often quite important in
contributing to the productivity of working within the program.
R

Rectangle Tool (F6): This tool creates rectangles and squares within a document.
It also gives users the ability to alter the corners in the Property Bar.

Repel Tool: One of the Shape Edit tools, this tool is the opposite of
the Attract tool. The Repel tool manipulates the edges of the object by pushing
nodes away from the center of the cursor so long as they're within the tool's nib
diameter.

Right-Angle Connector Tool: This connector tool connects two objects with a
right angle created by the user drawing the line itself. Users can also define the
path's ends, width, color, radius, and style within the Property Bar or Object
Properties docker.

Roughen Tool: This distortion tool creates a series of angles and points along an
object's edge according to the settings the user defines in the Property Bar.
Rounded Right-Angle Connector Tool: This connector tool connects two objects
with a rounded right angle created by the user drawing the line itself. Users can
also define the path's ends, width, color, radius, and style within the Property
Bar or Object Properties docker.

Segment Dimension Tool: This tool displays the distance between nodes of a
single object or multiple objects.

Shape Tool (F10): This tool allows users to edit objects, curves, and text by
manipulating their nodes.

Shaping: This docker allows users to manipulate overlapping objects through


functions such as Weld, Simplify, Intersect, and more.
Smart Drawing Tool (Shift-S): This curve tool converts paths drawn into either
smoothed out paths or basic shapes. Ellipses, polygons, and rectangles can all be
created with this predictive, smart drawing tool. This tool works especially well
with pressure-enabled graphic tablets.

Smart Fill Tool: This tool creates objects from intersecting areas within other
objects, effectively "filling" them in with the chosen fill color.

Smear Tool: This distortion tool allows the user to drag the edge of an object out
into a tapered shape. Users can adjust the tool's options and how the smear affects
the object in the Property Bar.

Smooth Tool: This tool smoothes an object's path when you drag it across an
object's outline. When possible, the tool reduces and simplifies the shape and
number of nodes found in the path in order to smooth it out.

Smudge Tool: This tool changes the shape of an object, not just its edges, when
you drag the tool across it. You can adjust the tool's settings in the Property Bar.

Spiral Tool (A): This shape tool allows you to draw symmetrical and logarithmic
spiral objects within your document.

Star Tool: This shape tool allows you to draw star objects within your documents.
Settings in the Property Bar give you the option of adjusting the number of points
and sharpness of the shape similar to the settings found in the Complex Star
Tool's objects.

Step and Repeat: This docker allows you to create and position multiple copies of
an object at a time. You can also control how the copies are positioned from the
original object within the docker itself.

Straight-Line Connector Tool: This connector tool connects two objects with a
straight line created by the user drawing the line itself. Users can also define the
path's ends, width, color, and style within the Property Bar or Object
Properties docker.
Symbol Manager: This docker gives you access to symbols and associated
functionality so long as symbols have been saved onto your machine. Drag objects,
curves, or object groups into the docker to add new symbols to work with, and edit,
save, or delete symbols for use in other documents.

Table Tool: This tool creates grids of open lines according to the settings
implemented in the Property Bar.

Text Properties: This docker controls all things related to text. Users can modify
character, paragraph, and frame settings in a number of ways in one convenient
location.

Text Tool (F8): This tool allows users to create and modify artistic and paragraph
text. Best paired with the Text Properties docker.
Toolbox: This Toolbar contains all of the tools within the program. It's
customizable too, allowing users to toggle tools or tool groups on or off at their
discretion.

Transformations: This docker allows users to manipulate and move objects or


object copies in their document. Position, rotate, mirror, scale, and skew objects or
create a succession of copies based on the data input into the docker's options.

Transparency Tool: This tool allows users to interactively create or modify an


object or curve's transparency properties either on the object itself or in
the Property Bar.

Tray: This docker integrates with Corel CONNECT, CorelDRAW and Corel
PHOTO-PAINT, allowing users to collect content from multiple folders into
one easily referenced place within the program for the working document.

Twirl Tool: This tool swirls an object's edges toward the center of the cursor as
you drag it around the object. You can alter the twirl direction and rate in
the Property Bar.
V

View Manager: Allows users to zoom in or out of a document in different ways


and save those views in the docker for quick reference.
Z

Zoom Tool (Z): This tool changes the level of magnification within a document as
well as allowing users to change how the document is magnified (through
selection, a simple plus or minus, into all objects, etc.).
#

2-Point Line Tool: This tool allows you to draw straight lines between two points
by dragging from one point to another. Lines can be drawn either straight,
perpendicular, or at a tangent to other objects depending on which option is chosen
in the Property bar.

3-Point Ellipse Tool: A shape tool that creates ellipses and circles by defining the
diameter of the shape and building the ellipse outward from that line. It starts in a
way that's similar to the 2-Point Line, but once the line is drawn you create an
ellipse or circle.

3-Point Curve Tool: A drawing tool that allows you to create a curved line by first
defining the length of the line and then defining the curve of that line. The third
point is the center point of the curve, which you can manipulate and preview while
drawing the line.
3-Point Rectangle Tool: A shape tool that creates rectangles and squares by
defining the width of the shape and building the ellipse outward from that line. It
starts in a way that's similar to the 2-Point Line, but once the line is drawn you
create a rectangle or square.

3-Point Callout Tool: This tool lets you draw an angled two-segment line that
serves as a callout shape.